Welcome to KenSchroder.com
On this site you will find information about Ken’s different bands as well as samples of his music, photos, album information and performance news.
News! Ken’s new CD is now available. SHaBooM! can be purchased on this site, please visit ‘albums’ and ‘listen’ page to find out more.
In the past Ken managed Melbourne’s Big Band, The Moovin’ and Groovin’ Orchestra, which was formed in 1990, but now he has launched another big band dedicated to showcasing great soloists and presenting hot arrangements of significant jazz treasures as well as original material.
Schroder’s Big Band appeared for the first time on December 5 2011 on a cramped stage at Grumpy’s Green in Smith St, Fitzroy and appeared there again on April 16 2012. A further gig quickly followed for the Bell Awards at the Regent Plaza on May 3 with Rebecca Barnard as guest vocalist.
Ken also has several other working bands in Melbourne, Spring and Casanova, as well as playing in many different combos for all types of gigs – weddings, parties, anything.
The newest small band is the chordless quartet SHaBooM! comprising Schroder, Leigh Barker (bass), Hugh Harvey (drums) & Gianni Marinucci (tpt). They recorded 11 tracks of Schroder originals for ABC Jazz on 23 March, and some of this material has already been aired on Mal Stanley’s Jazz Tracks on ABC Classic FM.
NEW SHOWS COMING UP IN TASMANIA & MELBOURNE – visit the Gigs page for info.
News! Schroder’s Big Band performed at the Bell Awards recently with guest vocalist Michelle Nicolle. Even though the band is usually a fully instrumental group it was a pleasure to have Michelle sing with us.
Also recently Ken has had a number of gigs with vocalist Rebecca Barnard in smaller group settings. A 9 piece band at Stanley (near Beechworth) with Gianni Marinucci as co-leader and a quintet with guitarist Doug Devries for a performance at Warragul as well.
News! In the past year Ken has been busy. He makes frequent trips to Hobart and does a gig there with veteran jazz legend Ian Pearce (piano) at the Crescent Hotel. He is now embarking on playing with some other Hobart musicians so please check back to find out when you can see him in Tasmania.
News! Ken has also played a series of gigs at the Paris Cat where he has organised a “meeting” with another strong soloist. Included were Paul Williamson (sax), Christophe Genoux (sax), Gianni Marinucci (tpt) and Eric Budd (trom). He has also done some gigs with vocalist Rebecca Barnard. Bigger ensembles include a sextet with Gianni and Eric making a 3 horn front line with Ken, a chance to play in the sound world of Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers while in no way becoming a “tribute” band.
Larger still has been a 9 pc effort with the 3 horns, and a large rhythm section including piano, guitar, vibes/percussion, drums and bass, with Rebecca as vocalist.
Ken is writing music for all these endeavours. He has no projects, only endeavours.